How To Select A Good Travel Camera

Any novice can take a picture but clicking an aesthetically balanced picture is not everyone`s cup of tea. There are many types of photographers, some click nature whereas some go for abstract things. And then, there are those who hog on the limelight by making a beautiful model look all sultry and sexy but there is one more kind, a travel photographer.

Clicking a picture by a basic camera is a great skill and not all of us are born with the sense of framing and composition. Though we might like to think otherwise. 🙂

Let us find out some key pointers one should keep in mind before buying a travel camera:

Battery Life

While travelling, go for a camera that gives you a good battery life. Instead of going for replaceable AA batteries buy a digital camera that comes with rechargeable battery. It is easier to charge them anywhere in the world; all you need is a plug point and an adapter.


Most people get swayed by body of the camera and underestimate the importance of the quality of the lens. Travelers should go for a camera with shorter focal length as it will squeeze more area into a photograph.

Wide angle cameras usually have a focal length of 28 mm which covers a large landscape you have been meaning to capture in its full bloom. Also, keep in mind the optical zoom range of a camera before you burn a hole in your pocket. 3 or 4 x optical range is usually good enough except for travellers.


Don’t get fooled by the megapixels gimmick, it confuses a lot of people because most camera companies take pride in their higher megapixel cameras but the plain truth is that it is not significant. Anything above 8 mp is good enough for a traveller, so don’t pay a bomb for a camera with higher megapixels.


Go for a camera with optical zoom as it will give you better quality photographs as compared to a digital zoom camera. A digital camera will just adjust the image in the camera itself whereas optical zoom will get up close to the image by making an adjustment to the lens.


Most travellers prefer to buy a basic point and shoot camera, is said that it is important to go for a camera that is weather resistant and water proof. Depending upon your needs go for something with high ISO levels if you like taking pictures at night, it should have a macro mode if you are a nature lover and lower shutter speed for capturing moving objects.

So before you buy a high-end camera for yourself for travelling make sure you keep the above-mentioned points in mind. Make the smart choice Mr/Ms. Shutterbug!!! Happy clicking.

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If it wasn't for some dear friends who backed out of a trip to Ladakh, Suman wouldn't have been sharing these travel stories today! It was an eye opener, her first solo trip. Beyond the shenanigans of youthful days, Suman experienced a world of many dimensions. With her words, Suman hopes to share and inspire.

12 thoughts on “How To Select A Good Travel Camera

  1. Thank you for your suggest. Now i’m thinking to get one. Can you suggest me the right destination to buy? Is Amazon the best destination to buy it?

  2. My boyfriend is a photographer so I left it up to him to choose our joint camera! We ended up going with a basic starter DSLR and one longer lense to begin with, I bet that after time he will be pestering me to buy more lenses!

  3. This is super helpful! My knowledge regarding great cameras is incredibly lacking (next to nothing). Your post here is really simple and straightforward, so many others I’ve read are overwhelming! I’m definitely keeping this for later–hope to buy one within the next year!

  4. Great tips! I have a small and light Panasonic when I want great photos.. bit still use my camera a lot.. and a good editing program 👍🏻

  5. These are some great tips for a camera and will be very useful for me for when I’m in the market for a new camera. To be honest up until now I’ve only ever used my camera phone, it’s only now as I am blogging that I know I need to get a much better camera 😀

  6. I don’t actually use a camera for my photos – all mine are taken on my mobile phone, would you believe? I think the quality isn’t as good as some professionals, but I’m not claiming to be a professional, and don’t mind if I just stay amateur lol x

  7. Interesting information here. Long ago I had bought the Canon EOS 550D and used it initially. Then I got an iPhone and have been hooked to it ever since! But there are times (like night photography) when I feel I should start using a DSLR instead of my phone. I’ll keep the points mentioned here by you in mind while making that decision, thanks for sharing!

  8. Thank you for this advice! I bought an old Nikon D40 as my first ever camera in order to learn how to use a DSLR properly and take good pictures, but now that i’ve improved my photography skills, i’ve been trying to find a new camera to buy that’s still in the afforable range (less than 800$). Right now hesitation between the Canon T6I or the Nikon D5500. Any advice?

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